When I was in primary school, I had to do homework. In fact, homework was a deal-breaker when my mother was choosing between the two schools available (it was Cornwall, there wasn't a lot of choice). Her argument was that I would have homework in secondary school, so it was important to get used to it. And I didn't even question it. It wasn't onerous; Monday and Wednesday were English (10 spelling sentences on Monday; 10 comprehension questions on Wednesday); Tuesday and Thursday was maths (usually a textbook exercise or a blanket 'work on your SPMG books for 30 minutes); Fridays were homework-free for the weekend.
Now, this was in the
Homework doesn't help
I have been a teacher for over a decade and spent the entire time in inner-city schools with above average
Why are we sending work home? What happens if the child gets
This is not a scenario
On the flip-side, you have the children who excel and enjoy being pushed that
And the homework is rarely even marked because, again, who has the time? I'll be honest, I never marked homework. I knew how the children were
It is a useless, archaic
Having said that...
I am one of those teachers who will allow children to email me (professional email only
The homework has
1) The child is in school to do the initial work and receive the homework;
2) The child does the homework and remembers to bring it in.
It was very successful for foundation subject homework
Is the traditional view of homework the problem?
For me, the problem isn't homework
If, however, the answer is 'to give children ownership of their education;
I set the same homework every Friday for years, and I invite you to steal it and pass it off as your own. I'll use Anglo-Saxon settlers as an example because I've
Watch this video on Anglo-Saxon homes. Come to school on Monday with QUESTIONS!
That was it. I also used
So, to conclude this rather bumpy ride of opinion, I think homework has a place, but that place has to have children at the centre. If it
I got back so much! I had to keep two days free at the end of term for the children to present their 'research project' and
I would be very interested to know what your school's homework policy is. Would they allow this
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